Peggy and Peter Pumpkin Are Carved  

Forty-five pumpkins sat still in the patch
As children walked by, each in search of a match.

“I like the small one!” yelled out a young girl,
As she held one up high to her head draped in curls.

“No, I want the big guy!” her brother replied,
As he ran towards a pumpkin with arms stretched out wide.

“Well, we can get both of them!  Bring them both here!
Their mother yelled back as they grinned ear to ear.

The children each held up the one they loved most,
While a scarecrow looked on as it hung from its post.

“Beware of these children!” it warned with a shout.
“They’ll cut you and carve you from inside and out!

I’ve seen this before, each year is the same,
They’ll clean out your guts and then light up a flame!”

The pumpkins each heard the old scarecrow’s advice,
And panicked for both of the kids had seemed nice.

But what could they do?  They were trapped in the arms
Of these menacing kids, as they ran through the farm.

“Where are you taking us? End this surprise!”
They asked them for pumpkins were born without eyes.

But the children could not hear a word that they said, 
As pumpkins did not have a mouth on their heads.

They waited in silence, unable to see,
Hoping the children would just set them free.

When all of a sudden, they came to a halt.
The pumpkins prepared for a painful assault. 

"Let's carve out the pumpkins!" the little boy said. 
“On no! This is it!” thought the pumpkins with dread.

The children cut in, as the pumpkins yelled out,
But this time the kids heard the pumpkins’ loud shouts. 

"Oh hey there, small pumpkin!" the young girl replied.
“I cut you a mouth! Don’t yell, smile wide!”

“We can talk! We can talk!” the pumpkins exclaimed.
They laughed as the kids thought of fun pumpkin names.

“Mine’s Peggy the Pumpkin!” the young girl declared.
“Well mine is named Peter!” her brother’s voice blared.
The boy and the girl each then popped out two eyes.
“At last I can see!” Peggy yelled with surprise.
The pumpkins both looked out at all of the sights,
Like the sun going down past the gentle barn lights.

They smiled at the kids, and then smelled the fall scents,
For the kids carved them noses each shaped like a tent.

Then Peggy and Peter drove back with the kids,
Who took them both home and then opened their lids.

Inside they put candles, then onto the porch, 
The pumpkins were placed and they glowed like a torch.

“Oh, this feels so nice!” Peter said as he grinned,
For the light gave them warmth from the night’s frigid wind.

The pumpkins remained on the porch by the door,
And smiled at each kid and the costumes they wore.

They saw monsters and cowboys and witches and queens,
For Peggy and Peter, a great Halloween.